NWR Confession – Do you keep shopping bags from swanky stores to use later?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you keep shopping bags from swanky stores to use later
    YES!! : (41 votes)
    31 %
    I keep all bags, I don't discriminate. : (57 votes)
    43 %
    No - all in the bin! : (35 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    12865 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Never really though of reusing them, but for some reason I like to keep them just cause it’s such a rare occasion to shop there.  Maybe I should reuse them, but I’d feel weird using something like a Gucci shopping bag to carry things around.

    Post # 4
    3006 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Sure, if they bag is nice enough. I wouldn’t give someone a present in one tho, if the thing I bought for them wasn’t actually from that store. I think that’s deceiving and potential for a let down!

    Post # 5
    1552 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

    I hate when people do this.  “Oh let me just carry my lunch in this Holt Renfrew bag” – it feels kind of snobby to me. 

    Post # 7
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @pinkshoes:  this. I would also feel weird reusing them.

    I throw mine away because I have no use for them and I shop….a lot so I will always get another one.

    Post # 8
    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I don’t discriminate and try to recycle everything

    Post # 9
    1840 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I keep my grocery bags and use them as trash can liners. Otherwise, straight to the recycle bin.

    Post # 10
    3735 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I did this more in highschool and college when it was a status action. Now a days, I am happy to put my lunch, or anything else, in whatever bag I happen upon, even if it’s the crappiest of discount stores.

    Holla at my bargain shoppers!

    Post # 11
    1178 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    no, I use plastic bags for garbage but that’s about it. I normally throw out the paper bags, even the reusable bags I normally don’t use.

    Post # 12
    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    yeah… I might use my lululemon bags as lunch bags. What? They’re sturdy

    Post # 14
    5518 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I totally do.  If its a good sturdy bag.  I dont care who’s name is on it.

    Post # 15
    778 posts
    Busy bee

    @DeeWee:  I am still a poor poor student but Australian as well and I guarentee you are not alone!

    I commute from Newcastle to Sydney every day and cannot tell you the number of people carrying swanking bags (Cue, Mimco, Country Road) filled with lunches + snacks + bits and bobs.

    I do have a little chuckle.

    Post # 16
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Lol, we save (reuse / recycle actually) every bag and box that comes into the house

    Sadly, most of them are plain old boring plastic shopping bags (grocery variety) and they go to work mostly as trash can liners

    The Pretty paper store bags, like you are referring to, are fairly sturdy, and quite pretty… so more often than not end up in my Office where I use them as pseudo-containers to store things in… great for Cards, Bows, Ribbon, Gift Wrap… odds & ends

    (To be honest, I don’t feel right upcycling such bags as Gift Bags to other people… a wierd snobby sort of bragging element, I think… and particularly strange if the gift doesn’t come from that store… Crystal Vase in a Victoria Secret Bag ???)

    PHOTO – From Pinterest, and pretty much what I do with pretty bags now, altho mine don’t hang on the wall… they are on shelves in the wall unit in my Office.

    I did see tho this idea recently on Pinterest… and thought maybe I’d take some of my faves and frame them tho as works of art for my “Girlie” Dressing Room that I have on the drawing board for an upcoming reno project… lol, a good excuse to visit some more upscale shops, and also add to my collection when I travel

    PHOTO – From Pinterest, Brand Name Upscale Store Bags as Art.

    Hope this helps,


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